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Shedrup Ling

Address: Blackburne House Blackburne Place Off Hope Street Liverpool   Essex
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Dechen Community
Phone: 0151 726 0413 mobile : 0776 6555 622
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Founders: Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye  
Spiritual Director: Lama Jampa Thaye  
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Dechen is an international association of centres of the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Dechen was founded by Lama Jampa Thaye under the spiritual authority of Karma Thinley Rinpoche.

Sheffield Interbeing Sangha

Address:   Sheffield Yorkshire S1 2EW
Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese Zen
Affiliation: Order of Interbeing
Phone: 0114 268 0461
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Spiritual Director: Thich Nhat Hanh  
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Most Mondays at the Friends Meeting House, St James Street     
New venue to be arranged.
We are part of the world-wide Community of Interbeing founded by Vietnamses Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Please phone Katherine and John (numbers above) for information about meetings. Also, for more information about the wider Sangha in the UK, visit:

Sheffield Theravada Buddhism

Address:   Sheffield Yorkshire S11 7HB
Tradition: Theravada, Thai Forest Tradition
Affiliation: Thai Forest Tradition
Phone: 07745106942
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Main Contact: Richard  Email  (Phone: 07745106942)
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We offer a friendly group environment for formal sitting meditation.

We meet once a week to sit, listen to Dhamma from talks by senior teachers in the tradition and discussion of the practice.

The group is free and both beginners and advanced meditators are extremely welcome.

We have occasional group visits to Aruna Ratanagiri - Harnham Buddhist Monastery in Northumberland, UK.

For information on practice days visit the website.

Sheffield Theravada Buddhist Group

Address:   Sheffield
Tradition: Theravada, Ajahn Chah Thai Forest Tradition
Phone: 07745 106942
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Main Contact: Richard Gulliver  Email  (Phone: 07745 106942)
Spiritual Director: Ajahn Munindo  
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We meet weekly to practice meditation and discuss the Dhamma.

Sheychen-ling monastery

Address: 67, Telmana str., Olginka vil., Volnovaha distr., Donetsk reg.,  
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: Ningma
Phone: +3050 5124816
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Teacher: Dorje Jambo  
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Buddhist monastery Sheychen-ling was consecrated in 1993, and it was officially registered as the first Buddhist monastery in Ukraine (certificate of state registration 18 dated March 19, 2003) in 2003. The monastery is situated in 50 km to the south of Donetsk, in p. Olginka of Volnovakha district, covers an area of 1 hectare.

Regular meditation, retreats have been being held since first year of the monastery existing. All comers may participate to them. Sheychen-ling monastery is also a permanent center of traditional medicine, where Tibetan and Chinese medicine drugs are made. Thousands of patients were healed with the help of these drugs since its inception. Sheychen-ling monastery should be a centre of Holy Dharma spreading in Ukraine in the future.

Shuuriya Zen Sitting Group

Address: Grove Road,Rayleigh, Essex. SS6 8YF.  Rayleigh Essex SS68YF
Tradition: Mahayana, all are welcome
Affiliation: Zen
Phone: 07527 656792
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Main Contact: Daniel Croucher  Email  (Phone: 07527 656792)
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A small zen sitting group for absolute begginers and experienced sitters. Please contact me directly or visit the website for up to date information.

Sitting in the Middle

Address: 172 Merrivale Road Bearwood   Smethwick Birmingham B66 4EA
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Gaia House
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Main Contact: Anantacitta Tunnell  Email  (Phone: 07794203539)
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We are a small freindly group of meditation practitioners. We are a non-sectarian Secular Buddhist Group open to all who share our values. For more information on Secular Buddhism please click here.


Address: Songtsen, Chanteloube La Bicanderie 24290 Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère France  Dordogne
Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingmapa Tibetan
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 50 75 24
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Spiritual Director: Kangyur Rinpoche/H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche  
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Songtsen is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and making accessible the culture and wisdom of Tibet and to helping communities in difficulty, particularly in the Himalayan region. It takes its inspiration from the extraordinary compassion of Kangyur Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan lamas of the last century. Songtsen represents more than 30 years of aid projects and cultural activities initiated and followed through by a group of Tibetans and Westerners.

Most of the organization’s office structures, as well as its teaching and retreat facilities, are located on the Côte de Jor, a forested ridge with spectacular views over the Vézère valley. The Chanteloube, Siddhartha and KRF offices are located in a restored French house known as La Bicanderie. Nestled in a secluded hillside and surrounded by forest are the traditional retreat centres of Thekchok Osel Chöling and Thekchok Ngayap Chöling.

South London Zen Group

Address: South London Zen Group 4a Park Street (across from Borough Market)   Southwark London
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Affiliation: International Zen Association (IZA)
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Main Contact: Alex le Fevre  (Phone: 020 7582 0794)
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The South London Zen Group meets each Monday night near London Bridge Station for Zazen meditation in the Soto Zen tradition.  Affiliated to the International Zen Association, founded by Master Taisen Deshimaru, Our spiritual guidance is provided by Senior Dharma teachers of the International Zen Association ( 

Everybody is welcome to attend and beginners are invited to come to a short introduction to our practice each Monday at 19.00.  Zazen begins at 19.30 sharp - more information can be found on our website at or on the IZAUK website at

Southend Buddhist Group

Address: Shambhala Studios 11 Leighcliff Buildings, Maple Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1DJ   Leigh on Sea Essex SS9 1DJ
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Triratna
Affiliation: Triratna Buddhist Community
Phone: 01702 601 1360
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Teacher: Dharmachari Aryacitta  
Spiritual Director: Sangharakshita  
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Every Saturday from 12:00 -1:00pm with time after for discussion.

Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre

Address: SSIBC 309-311, Kingsbury Road   Kingsbury London NW9 9PE
Tradition: Theravada,
Phone: +44 20 8204 3301
Fax: +44 20 8933 9395
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Main Contact: Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi MBE  Email  (Phone: +44 20 8204 3301)
Teacher: Ven. N Sumana  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi MBE  Email  (Phone: +44 20 8204 3301)
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Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre has two principal aims: to promote the understanding of Buddhism in the West, and to preserve the Buddhist culture among its supporters.

At the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre you might find:

  • Dhamma and meditation classes
  • celebrations of important days in the Buddhist calendar – Vesak, Poson, Esala, Kathina, and Sangamitta Day
  • a daily religious service in the evening to the public [Buddhapuja] and Pirith chanting
  • Inter-faith seminars
  • visits to hospitals and homes for the sick
  • offering of alms to the poor and the destitute on Vesak Day
  • a reference and a lending library of valuable books
  • Distinguished personalities, academics, and Buddhist scholars, from both the clergy and the laity, deliver public lectures, speeches and Dhamma talks at different intervals throughout the year.

Stichting Dhammadipa

Address: St. Pieterspoortsteeg 29-1   Amsterdam Noord-Holland 1012 HM
Tradition: Theravada, Ven. Mettavihari (late)
Affiliation: Wat Buddhavihara, Landsmeer, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)20 6264984
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Mettavihari  Email  
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Dhammadipa Vipassana Center Amsterdam (perviously as Sangha Metta or Buddhavihara meditation Center Amsterdam) provides meditation evenings, day, weekends and courses for beginners and more experienced meditators.

Stichting White Jade River

Address: Boszicht 57   Goes Zeeland 4462BJ
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: (+31) 0681155764
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Ratana  
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Online publication centre on contemporry Buddhism and Mahayana doctrine.

Stiftung Felsentor

Address: Romiti - Rigi  Vitznau Luzern 6354
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Zen
Phone: +41 (0) 41 397 17 76
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Zen Meditationshaus. Buddhistisch-christlicher Dialog. Seminare, Workshops und Kurse.

StoneWater Zen Liverpool

Address: (Previously Liverpool Zen Group) The Dojo, Top Floor 13 Hope Street  Liverpool Liverpool L1 9BH
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto / Rinzai Zen (Maezumi Roshi)
Affiliation: White Plum Asangha
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Teacher: David Shoji Scott  
Spiritual Director: Tenshin Fletcher Roshi  
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Sitting Monday & Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm - arrive 6.45 or earlier please.  Beginners please see our website for details of introductory sessions.

We also hold regular monthly zazen days, occasional beginners courses, several weekend retreats in the Lake District and two annual week-long sesshins.

Sunshine Ross

Address: 3 Castleview Mark Street   Glenarm BT44 0DA
Tradition: Vajrayana, Gelugpa
Affiliation: Asian Classics Institute, Limitless Health Institute
Phone: 1447955734321
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Teacher: Sunshine Ross  
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in-person and online study of Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelugpa lineage and the works of Master Je Tsongkhapa. Gleaned from the 18 Courses taught by Gehse Michael Roach and the Asian Classics Institute.

One-day workshops are led on introduction to meditation and Lady Nigumas yoga. Donations are welcome. We are seeking generous sponsors who will help us provide these workshops for free to anyone who wants them. May all beings be happy!

What is it like? Informal talks on spirituality and just being around like-minded people and having a chat.

Swansea Buddhism

Address:   Swansea Wales
Tradition: Nichiren Buddhism
Affiliation: Soka Gakkai International
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Main Contact: Swansea Buddhism  Email  
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Nichiren Daishonins Buddhism in Swansea and Swansea Valley

From Bridgend to Swansea West and Swansea Valley 

Ten Ryu Ji/Temple Zen Drac del Cel

Address: Coll Farrer   La Granadella Lleida 25177
Tradition: Mahayana, Taisen Deshimaru lineage
Affiliation: AZI fundator Taisen Deshimaru
Phone: 0034636398810
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Spiritual Director: Taizen Abderrahman Costa  Email  (Phone: 0034636398810)
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We organize every month two-days sesshin in the Ten Ryu Ji,Temple Drac del Cel, a little zen temple in Catalonia, 30 km from the province town of Lleida. Our activity is based on fuse (Zen becomes expensive and  is a good business in Europe and US!) and we are building a new hondo with earth, and cultivating 50 ha. olive, almond and fig trees.

Cost for staying is only for the food: 5€/day.

Tendai Lotus Sangha

Address: Gulbjergvej 40 Slagslunde 3600 Stenløse, Denmark  
Tradition: Mahayana, Tendai (japansk Ekayana-skole)
Phone: 48 18 4815
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Main Contact: Shomon Pia Trans  
Teacher: Shomon Pia Trans  
Spiritual Director: Monshin Naamon  
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Sangha meetings every tuesdays from 19-21 (7-9 pm.). Includes Tendai Buddhist ceremony, meditation and discussions.

Learn more about Buddhism and Tendai on , here you will also find our program for the comming period.


Address: Mas del Coll Farrer   La Granadella / Catalunya 25177
Tradition: Mahayana, Shakyamuni
Affiliation: AZI/ Antaiji/Hokyoji
Phone: 0034 973130713
Fax: 0034 973130713
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Spiritual Director: Taizen Aberrahman Costa  Email  (Phone: 0034973130713)
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Zazenkai twice every month. No costs,following the true Buddhist teaching, but 1 day work in the olive fields of the Tenryuji or in the construction of the new center is a necessary condition to participate.

In Europe Zen has become a bussiness! We follow the teaching of Kodo Sawaki.

Thames Buddhist Vihara meditation group

Address: Memorial Hall, Dulverton Road,   Selsdon Surrey CR2 8PJ
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan
Affiliation: Samatha-Vipassana
Phone: 0208 657 7120
Fax: 0208 651 3776
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Teacher: Matheesha Gunathilake  
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Sunday: Daham pasal (traditional dhamma teaching for children) & Sinhelese classes + Puja (chanting and traditional buddhist ceremony)

Tuesday 7pm - 9pm Meditation and discussion (English)

Wednesday 7pm- 9pm Meditation and discussion (Sinhalese)

Monthly full moon Sil programme

Monthly day retreat (please contact for more details)

Meditation is Samatha (jhana) and Vipassana, of the Ven Amathagavesi tradition

Tharpaling Buddhist Centre

Address: PO Box 553   Corfu 49100
Tradition: Mahayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: NKT
Phone: 0030 26610 41303
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Main Contact: Kelsang Gendun  Email  (Phone: 0030 26610 41303)
Teacher: Kelsang Gendun  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

The Centre offers weekly teachings and meditations in Greek about all aspects of Buddhism and meditation.  Please contact the Centre for details.

The Buddhist Society

Address: 58 Eccleston Square   London London SW1V 1PH
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: +44 2078345858
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The Buddhist Society was founded in 1924, with the object “to publish and make known the principles of Buddhism and to encourage the study and practice of those principles.” An elected Council guides it.

The Society provides a range of classes and courses in the Buddha’s teachings, as well as instruction in Buddhist meditation and daily life practice. Courses start with the popular Introduction to basic Buddhism and interested members can then progress to our First Steps in Buddhist Practice, First Turning of the Wheel and Great Way Courses. There are regular classes in the major Buddhist traditions—Zen, Theravada, Pure Land and Tibetan. There is an annual one week Summer School in August which the main aspects of the Buddhas teachings and instruction on meditation and practice in daily life.

The Dharma House

Address: Route de St. Sauveur de Cruzières, Mallemontade, 30500 St. Brès, France.  Saint-Brès Gard 30500
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 0033 (0)8 77 98 28 99
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We are the Dharmahouse community project - a small community, drawing inspiration from the teachings of the Buddha and the ideal of living and connecting with others close to nature. It is our aim to explore a way of life centred around ecological and sustainable ethics, placing an emphasis on integrating mindful awareness into daily activities.

The Dharmahouse is based in the foothills of the Cévennes mountain range overlooking the Cèze River in the south of France, surrounded by national park and majestic views. The property is located on a hilltop in eight acres of farm land encompassing a variety of plants, herbs and trees, such as olive, almond, plum, mimosa, fig and apricot trees. The community is active in growing food in our gardens and structuring the land with permacultural ideas and designs.

The Dharmahouse takes its name from the Sanskrit term \'Dharma\' from a teaching laid down by the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, over 2,500 years ago. It is a revolutionary teaching that points to \'the truth of reality\'. We are a peer-led lay community encouraging spiritual friendship, what the Buddha referred to as ‘the whole of the spiritual life’. At various times throughout the year we hold meditation and yoga retreats, led by monastic and lay teachers. We also run courses exploring a wide range of topics, including ecological building, permaculture and therapeutic process.

The European Bodhicitta Society (EBS) France

Tradition: Mahayana, Tibetan tradition, Nyingmapa school
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Main Contact: Yuan Li  Email  (Phone: +33 672067350)
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Introducing the European Bodhicitta Society (EBS)
 The European Bodhicitta Society has been established under the guidance of Khenpo SoDargye from Serthar Buddhist Institute (Larung Gar) of Serthar district situated in the province of Sichuan. With the purpose of promoting the spirit of Mahayana Buddhism to benefit everyone in Europe, the European Bodhicitta Society was founded on the first of August in 2009. After two years of development, the number of members has increased from three to over 40 people living in different European countries.

The EBS promotes the Mahayana Buddhist teachings by integrating theories with practices. It plays a proactive role in advocating charity, such as environmental and animal conservation, popularising vegetarianism and in encouraging social cohesion and development.

Under the teachings of Buddha and the guidance of Khenpo SoDargye, the EBS, as well as all its members, strive to promote the theories and practices of Buddhism to everyone in Europe and to let everyone find true happiness.

Our study approaches

Based on Khenpo SoDargyes requirements, the European Bodhicitta Society has set up three study groups, namely: Preliminary practice of Great Perfection (Dzogchen) Study Group, Study Group B, which mainly study Shantidevas Bodhisattva way of life (Bodhicaryavatara) and a new class introduced in 2012. Beside this, each year, the European Bodhicitta Society will commence new study groups, these include the Preliminary practice of Great Perfection, Pure Land class, and Bodhicaryavatara study group. We also aim to initiate a study group focusing on Vajrayana practice such as Dzogchen, and other classes such as Madhyamika (Middleway) and Pramana (Buddhist Logic).

Our main study approach is by mean of online discussions, which takes place every week. In addition, occasionally, our UK Bodhicitta Socieity also holds some seminars physically. All our studies are managed by Serthar Buddhist Institute. Serthar Buddhist Institute provides learning materials, records our study performance and statistics, arranges lesson plans, organises exams and awards, evaluates the teaching achievements after the end of each semester and issues related certificates and prizes. Moreover, the European Bodhicitta Society is supervised by a specially appointed monastic from the Institute.

The reasons for creating the Bodhicitta Society

The European Bodhicitta Society was founded during the financial crisis. In the era of materialism and when our life highly depends on money, an economic downturn has been particularly detrimental to many people. This is also the proof that money cannot bring sustainable happiness and does not solve the spiritual emptiness within us. Money cannot help us in finding the true purpose of life but rather deviates us from doing so. Many people spend a large proportion of their time on things and activities, which become meaningless when facing the pain, anxiety and fear. That is why we believe that the way of Dharma is the only way to real happiness and fulfilment. In light of this need, Khenpo SoDargye has called for the establishment of Bodhicitta society of which the EBS is also part of it.

Joining us

Dear friends, if you understand Chinese, if you have a loving heart, and if you wish to understand more about life and Buddhism, the European Bodhicitta Society is the right place for you. We welcome anyone regardless of race, name, age, nationality, education or religion. We provide free opportunities to study Buddhism, and work together to promote philanthropy, and social harmony. Please join us in exploring the potentials of compassion, and bring enlightenment to all living beings.

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